That annoying sound you hear on Saturday’s is Irish fans beating their chest knowing that their football team has cracked the Top 10 for the first time since 2006. Notre Dame is 4-0, with 3 wins against the Big 10, two of which were against Top 25 teams (but we all know how I feel about the Big Ten). How have they excelled this season? Well their defense is awesome. They are fifth in turnover margin in the country. The front seven is virtually impregnable with senior leader Manti Te’o at linebacker. Brian Kelly’s offense hasn’t missed a beat with redshirt freshman QB Everett Golson. Touchdown Jesus looks to be shining on the Irish.
But as Lee Corso says, not so fast my friend. Have you seen the secondary lately? If you think the New York Jets originated the running back converted to cornerback, you haven’t been watching NBC on Saturday afternoons. KeiVarae Russell moved from running back to cornerback for the Irish because of injuries. Thanks to a soft schedule against teams struggling to pass, the Irish have gotten by. But things are about to crank up next week. First, a big game looms against Miami in Chicago, which should be a win for Notre Dame, but the Hurricanes impressed against Georgia Tech next week (I refuse to call this Catholics vs Convicts because I’ve always hated the name and Miami doesn’t play like convicts AT ALL anymore). Then, huge tilts against Stanford and at Oklahoma threaten the Irish. Not to mention the season finale at USC.
So while Irish haters like myself have to stay quiet for now, let us remain vigilant. The Irish have imploded in season’s past, and pretty soon this team that is constantly overrated by the media will fall on its face again. They left the Big 10 and all of their natural, regional rivalries for awesome competition against teams like Wake Forest, Maryland, and Virginia (at least they get to play Pitt). So Notre Dame haters, let’s stay sick of the Irish a little while longer, it will make the humbling this season even sweeter. Song of the week and the games of the weekend follow.
Saturday, September 29
EARLY AFTERNOON: 25 Baylor vs 9 West Virginia(12pm, FX)/NC State vs Miami (12pm, ESPNU)/Penn State vs Illinois (12pm, ESPN)
LATE AFTERNOON: 14 Ohio State vs 20 Michigan State (3:30pm, ABC)/Tennessee vs 5 Georgia (3:30pm, CBS)/ 17 Clemson vs Boston College (3:30pm, ESPN2)
NIGHT: 12 Texas vs 6 Oklahoma State (7:30pm, FOX)/Wisconsin vs 22 Nebraska (8pm, ABC)/2 Oregon vs Washington State (10:30pm, ESPN2)
Sunday, September 30
EARLY AFTERNOON: New England vs Buffalo/Minnesota vs Detroit/San Francisco vs New York Jets
LATE AFTERNOON: Oakland vs Denver/New Orleans vs Green Bay/Cincinnati vs Jacksonville